NICK Faldo will open the new jewel in the Cyprus crown later this year. Elea Golf Club, near Paphos, has been designed by Faldo and is the centrepiece of Elea Estate, a development that boasts luxurious villas and apartments, a boutique hotel and extensive spa facilities.
This magnificent par 71 golf course commands a striking location above the shimmering Mediterranean Sea and has been meticulously crafted through dramatic landscape, featuring imposing weathered outcrops of limestone that offer a unique character across the course.
Faldo said: “This golf course certainly has the potential to play a pivotal role in establishing this part of the world as a leading European golf destination.
“When we designed the golf course at Elea Golf Club we decided to put the emphasis on thoughtful, rather than big-hitting, golf and there are plenty of strategic riddles for the golfer to explore and unravel over all 18 holes.”
The fascinating layout circulates through stands of mature carob and olive trees, while the dramatic outcrops of weathered limestone strike a contrast with the deep green of the seaside paspalum grass fairways and semi-roughs.
In a carefully planned ecological design, individual holes are fringed by undisturbed and un-irrigated swathes of colourful native “garrigue” flora. This stunning visual effect invokes a truly Mediterranean feel, while retaining the ethos of a traditional and dramatic experience for the golfer. In addition, the wildlife of partridges, birds of prey, butterflies and lizards thrive on the benefits of this carefully protected environment.
One of the significant features of Elea Golf Club is the clubhouse that also boasts underground parking facilities.
After driving into the estate, visitors will be welcomed into a beautiful tiled plaza which leads into the clubhouse featuring multiple terraces with views over the course and down to the Med, a relaxing lounge area, library and an international restaurant.
The course is also supported by the Elea Golf Academy that sits alongside the clubhouse. It features a full length driving range complete with target greens and bunkers, a short game practice area and a stunning putting green overlooking the entire estate.
Although Elea Golf Club will undoubtedly attract visitors from across Europe and beyond, the management team is also keen to develop a club-style atmosphere for the residents of Cyprus. With this in mind, a limited number of annual memberships will be available and successful candidates will enjoy a host of benefits, including a members’ trophy bar, locker rooms, a private terrace, preferential tee times and unlimited access to the golf academy, which will also offer the very latest computer-aided swing analysis equipment.